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How To Root Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Flash a Custom ROM

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Samsung has recently launched the latest version of its much popular Android tablet – The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. The massive sized tablet (10 Inches) is powered by Ice Cream Sandwich and can be easily upgraded to the latest Jelly Bean. Since I own this beauty personally, I can assure you that this device is so powerful and vibrant that it will not leave your hands and eyes for a single second.

The gaming and movie watching experience provided by this tab fulfilled my motive of investing my hard-earned money in a tablet. Although it reduces your mobility a bit (thanks to its massive size), this is a piece of technology which is a big time attention seeker and an envy inductor (winks). Coming back to rooting, the following tutorial is one of the easiest methods to gain the super-user access on this device and harness all its resources for even more hardcore gaming experience. Before we proceed, I would recommend you to go through all the cautions and warnings once again which are as follows:

  • Rooting voids any official guarantee or warranty you may have with your device.
  • If not done correctly, you may end up with a 10 inched paper weight (bricked phone).
  • Neither I nor anyone else on this site can be held responsible for any damage that may occur to your phone by the following process or any other process on this website.

Let’s get started

  • Create A Backup

Backup all the important information in your tablet to prevent any data loss at the later stage. Please note that if you do not backup the data now, you may lose it forever. Even if you confident with your rooting skills, it is still recommended to make a backup of all sensitive information.

  • Gather Resources

To begin with the rooting process, get the following files:

  • Odin
  • Root Package for your Tab 2

A small Google query will help you find both the things easily.

Lets Create Something Better

  • After you have downloaded the above two packages, extract them in different folders. We will first need to run Odin. Go to the Odin folder and double-click to execute it.
  • You will be shown a few options and buttons. Click on PDA and select the Root File you just extracted. The file has an extension .tar.md5.
  • Now you need to reboot the device. Switch it off normally but while turning it on, you must press the power button and the volume down button simultaneously. This will open a boot/download menu.
  • Connect your device to the computer through USB and uncheck the reparation box if it is checked.
  • The Final Part

Now press the Start button on screen and the rooting process will start. Just sit down calmly and think about all the things that you could now do with your Tab 2 10.1 while Odin is doing its work. Within a couple of minutes, your newly Rooted phone will be ready to roll. You should not be able to see a super-user icon in the app drawer that will allow you to take complete control over your phone.

How To  Flash a Custom ROM on Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Flashing a custom rom on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a piece of cake. Even a novice can accomplish this task easily. To start with, we first need a good rom that we can flash on our Tab 2. Head to Google and search for a good custom rom. Once you have decided which rom you want to install, download it and copy it to your device. After you have copied the rom on the device (in phone memory or SD Card), switch off your phone and follow the instructions below:

  1. Switch on your tablet by pressing the Volume Down button and Power button together.
  2. From the menu being displayed, select Install from SD Card and navigate to the custom rom we have copied to the device in the above steps. Select install and then confirm to start the installation.
  3. It will hardly take 3 minutes to install the new rom. Once installed, go back and then select the option – Wipe Data/Factory Reset.
  4. Once done, restart your phone normally.

Once the phone reboots, wait for a few minutes as the phone needs time to configure the new rom and hence makes the phone a bit laggy in the beginning. In a minute or two, your tablet will be ready with a new custom rom. Feel free to contribute to the article and make it easier for people around the world.

Easily Root Sony Xperia ZL

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Nowadays, everyone, who would like to explore the exceptionally deep valleys of Android, try to root their Android-powered Smartphone or Tablet PC. As most of you might know, rooting can open you to a world of productive tools and applications, which can increase the usability of your device. Albeit there are some issues with warranty, due to rooting, most of Android power users would like to root their device. This post is for such Android-lovers who own Xperia XL, one of the best devices from Sony Mobiles, included in the Xperia series. Here, we will share you how to root your Xperia ZL. We are introducing you the simplest way for rooting the device, which requires less technical stuff. However, you should keep in mind that rooting could void the warranty of your Xperia device. In addition, neither the author nor this blog will be responsible for the damages or loss of data you might face during the rooting process.

Before We Start

Though we say Xperia ZL as the device, this tutorial is for rooting specific models of Sony Xperia ZL – C6503 and C6502. Do not use this method for rooting other models, and we will not be responsible for the problems you face. Moreover, you should keep the following things in mind.

  • Unlock Bootloader of Xperia ZL. Only after that, you would be able to make changes to the current ROM.
  • You may face some technical errors during the process. Therefore, we advise you to keep a backup of all your essential data, including contacts, messages, apps and media files.
  • Keep minimum charge of 70% in your device, so that we can avoid sudden power-offs.
  • You have to enable USB debugging in your device (Settings à Applications à Development à tick USB Debugging).
  • You should install the appropriate drivers of Xperia ZL in your PC. Otherwise you may face some connectivity issues.

In addition, above all, follow our steps much carefully because even one small mistake can cause you bigger problems.

Rooting Xperia ZL via Bin4ry Method

  • If you have positive answers for all prerequisites, mentioned above, you can now start the process of rooting your Xperia ZL. Here, we are using Bin4ry method for rooting your method. Finally, keep the following steps carefully for rooting your device. Nevertheless, these steps are much simple indeed.
  • You have to download the root file. Keep the file extracted in an easily accessible folder.
  • Connect your Xperia ZL with PC via USB Cable.
  • Now, from the extracted file list, double click on RunMe.bat, which will open one command prompt.
  • In the command prompt, you can see three options, from which you should select the third option.
  • Soon, you can see some instructions on the screen. You have to follow those steps correctly.
  • If you have followed those steps correctly, you can finalize the rooting process in minutes.

Conclusion

Finally, you have finished rooting your Sony Xperia ZL, by means of Bin4ry method. Now onwards, you can start exploring the root-only label led Android applications and other tools. Do you find this article useful? Do let us know.

Change your Android Boot Animations in most easiest way

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Bootscreen sucks your time or it is not upto your mark or may be if you want to change it and you are unable to do that because you get hooked into the system files related to it.Yeah I too find that confusing when I tried to do that. I too tried an app for Boot animation change but it was just a crap and made my tablet hang out. What I wanted was a nice way to change and a much easy one so that I can have a share for that and I found it.

Before getting you through the way I would like to mention that for these steps to apply, you will first need to root your device otherwise if you are going to try a Boot Animation changer than it will create more problem for you as it happened with me too some time before.

For rooting your device you can go to http://xda-developers.com/ and check out for the root method that best suits your device and if than too you are facing problem in rooting your device than do let us know by your comments and views so that we can help you out.

There are two methods to do this boot animation change for your Android device(I have a description for windows users too at the last of this post and that too most simple).One is by using my way to do that and the other one is to get your device connected with your SDK installed PC and change your boot animation file but that some of the users may find difficult. So here is my way..

What you first need to have on your rooted device is a free app from market. android naming ROM TOOLBOX and get it installed on your phone or tablet. This app consists of many features like ROM manager, App manager, Root file browser, scripter, ad blocker and many more but I would like to restrict my post to Boot animation change only. Under this app you will get about 100+ boot animation from which you can choose the one you like to have but if you are not interested in them too than I have way out for that too. If you want other animations other than the provided one than do read the not below.

Download ROM TOOLBOX

{NOTE: Different devices have different location to store there animations (I will concentrate over bootanimation.zip). For example the most common one is /system/media/.Some have it in >system>customize>resource and some also into >data>local. Do find your location. and continue}

After the installation of this application is done free of cost go to the scripter and there you will find the option to enable/disable your boot animation and there only you will find the option to install boot animations. Choose from the Boot animations and select the one you prefer the most and have it on your Droid and if you don’t like that than follow some more steps.

Go to the file browser and find the folder where your Boot animation is located and replace it with the one of your choice and REBOOT and you are done. Wasn’t that most easiest one.

How to Use Anti Theft Function in 360 Security to Locate Your Android Device

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360 Security protects your mobile device against viruses, malware, junk files, empty folders and private data. It cleans up apps running in background to give smooth multitasking experience without lag. Developers have added new anti-theft function in recent app update which will help users to locate their lost phone with amazing ease.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to use anti-theft feature & commands of 360 Security so that one can find his stolen phone easily.

Procedure

  • Step 1. Install 360 Security from android market
  • Step 2. Swipe Right from left side
  • Step 3. Select anti-theft option as shown above
  • Step 4. Click on enable now.
  • Step 5. This is the most important step as you have to set unique code which will be used afterwards to control lost phone remotely. Note down code somewhere EXCEPT Your Mobile Phone on which you are activating anti-theft .
  • Step 6. Set security contact : Put your friends or relatives mobile number in the field given below so that whenever phone’s SIM card is changed, concerned notification will be sent on security contact. Notification will give you mobile number of thief’s SIM card.
  • Step 7. Now you have successfully enabled anti theft .
  • Step 8. Given below are some commands which you have to send in case you lost your phone.

Command 1. With this command, you can delete all mobile data by sending “del#Anti-theft Code” . Suppose your code (as set in step5 ) is 123456789 then command will be–del#123456789 which you have to send from any mobile to your lost mobile number. In case sim card is changed,then notification message will be sent on your security number (as in step 6 ) containing thief’s number. Just send above command to that thief’s number.

Command 2- If you loose your phone and sim card is changed, sms will be sent to security number.

Command 3- This will help to locate lost phone. Send command “locate#Anti-theft Code” from any mobile to lost phone. You will get exact location of your device without need of GPS.

Command 4- This will to locate phone in your nearby area such as home / buses / trains / enclosed environment etc. Send ” alert#Anti-theft Code” lost phone and it will emit an alarm tone at full volume.

Command 5- Lock your device just by sending ” lock#Anti-theft Code ” command which can be unlocked only by entering correct anti theft code. Thank you, I will be in touch with you shortly.